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How to Choose a Divorce Lawyer

July 3, 2019

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October 30, 2019

Because I am both a couples mediator and divorce mediator, I am frequently asked about my most important advice for committed couples. My answer is simply to decrease the negative quality of a couple's interactions, below an important threshold.  

In this article I’m going to make the case for an offshoot of the 80/20 Pareto Principle (i.e., 80% of effects come from 20% of causes). My version of this famous principle can serve as a test for whether you should commit to your love relationship, and it also works to help you sustain that relationship.

If you are in an intimate relationship, hopefully it feels easy much of the time, but I’m going to assume it seems challenging some of the time....

September 19, 2019

When I was contemplating divorce, the single hardest question I had to ask myself was, how will it impact my children? I wondered, will it damage them for life?  

I’m on the other side of divorce. My family is two years out from the initiation of two parental households, and I can say with confidence that my children are thriving. I’m not advocating for or against divorce (we’re big fans of healthy, thriving partnerships here at Conscious Family), but I am saying that if it is possible for adults to transform, learn, and grow from the divorce process, the same is true for children.

The truth is, divorce impacts children. Deep acceptance of the fact that there was no way to shelter my children fr...

August 12, 2019

If you have been in a long-term relationship with someone of the same sex and you decide to go your separate ways, you may be legally obligated to pay spousal support and your partner may be entitled to marital assets even if you never married. Alternately, you may be legally entitled to spousal support and marital assets. Surprised? You’re not alone. 

Same-sex marriage becoming legal in Colorado in 2014 and the passage of the Colorado Civil Union Act the prior year have ushered new opportunities and obligations—and likely some confusion--for same-sex couples in Colorado. Then this past December, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in In re Marriage of Hogsett that same-sex couples have the right to...

July 3, 2019

From my many years of experience as a family law attorney, I can assuredly say that one of the most challenging, stressful decisions for those contemplating divorce is finding a lawyer they feel good about and who they can trust to optimally guide them in navigating this major life transition. And for good reason! This decision will have a lasting impact on the trajectory of the case, the costs, and the ultimate outcomes.  

A myriad of personal and emotional challenges come with facing divorce, especially for those who have children. For many people, the legal world is foreign and feels like an additional daunting, intimidating hurdle, and here I’ll help demystify the attorney search process by...

April 22, 2019

Co-parenting with an ex-spouse can be tremendously challenging, even under the best of circumstances.  I have been doing it myself now for about six years, and as a family law attorney and mediator, I’ve seen a full spectrum of co-parenting relationships from genuinely amicable and supportive, to destructive and even toxic.  Most tend to fall somewhere in the middle, as does mine, but it has been at times a trial by fire type of situation. What I have come to appreciate, though, first by going through my own divorce with limited professional help or the benefit of a family law background, then by helping to guide couples as they go through divorce as a family law attorney and mediator, is the value...

March 13, 2019

The process of negotiating and entering into prenuptial agreements often puts toxic stress on an imminent marriage, just when the focus should be on the hopes, dreams and love of the couple. Furthermore, the terms of most prenuptial agreements often continue to stress the marriage long after the wedding bells have rung. Consciously mediating prenuptial agreements can provide appropriate protections to the person seeking the agreement, while reducing the damage to the marriage a lopsided agreement can cause.

As Laurie Israel points out in her article The Benefits of Prenuptial Agreement Mediation

"The negotiations between the two lawyers involved in the prenup can be quite painful for the couple.  . ....

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The Collaborative Divorce Advantage

Co-authors Peter M. Fabish and John C. Hoelle share how Conscious Divorce Mediation provides couples and families with a healthier transition into post-divorce life by avoiding costly, painful litigation.

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